It is indisputable that social media is here to stay. It has many applications and comes with advantages as well as some very real disadvantages. It is important that dental and allied dental students be taught about social media’s potential benefits and its potential risks.
Child abuse. Elder abuse. Intimate partner violence. The CCDC estimates that more than 10 million adults are physically assaulted each year by a current or former intimate partner. As for children, government estimates place the annual number of reported assaults by parents or other relatives in the hundreds of thousands. The actual total could be much higher.
Knowledge from gender-based research is rapidly changing fundamental biologic concepts that affect the health of both women and men while making clear that in many instances, sex differences matter. But health professionals—and those responsible for health professions curricula—have been slow to apply this knowledge and commit to its expansion.
I am a nurse, so why am I writing a commentary for the ADEA CCI Liaison Ledger? As a nurse, an IPE educator AND a consumer, I have come to understand some of the links between dental issues and general health, and the collaborative role dentistry can play in prevention and treatment.